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Dungeness crab 101

If you’ve never cooked live crabs, it can seem a little intimidating. But our paper-bag method for getting the critters in the water helps things go smoothly


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Alex Farnum

Dungeness 101 

How to eat

Using a tip of a crab leg or a cocktail pick, remove meat as you pull legs and body sections apart. A cooked, cleaned crab yields about 25 percent of its weight in sweet, juicy meat. For example, plan on getting about 8 oz. (1½ cups) meat from a 2-lb. crab; 1 serving is about 6 oz.


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